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“Stranger Things” is back with season three, and so are the 1980s references. This time around, a Cal Poly alumnus made the cut.
“Weird Al” Yankovic, who graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, is referenced twice in the new season of the Netflix show, according to the website Mashable.
His song “My Bologna” is played by science teacher and A.V. club supervisor Mr. Clarke in the second episode of “Stranger Things.” Yankovic recorded the parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona” in a Cal Poly bathroom in 1979 when he was a student at the San Luis Obispo university.
In episode three, Dustin can be seen rocking a vintage “Weird Al” shirt.
Yankovic is a geek culture icon known for his parody songs, so it seems fitting that Mr. Clarke and Dustin would be fans. The characters are interested in fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, after all.
Yankovic tweeted about “Stranger Things” the night the latest season dropped on Netflix — making his thoughts on the new season clear.
“#StrangerThings3 is the best season yet, and not just because Mr. Clarke is listening to “My Bologna” in episode 2 and Dustin is wearing a Weird Al T-shirt in episode 3. (Wait, no, that’s EXACTLY why.),” he wrote on Twitter on July 4.
Cal Poly also chimed in on Twitter, asking followers if they spotted the references to the famous alumnus.